God knew that Pharaoh would not listen. So even though he rocked the nation by destroying their water supply and commercial fishing, Pharaoh simply went inside his palace and ignored the plague. His magicians were able to prepare an illusion that looked the same, so this must all be a parlor trick—right? When one refuses to see God’s hand and plan in the world, it simply does not matter how obvious God is—He will be ignored.
Pharaoh did not want to see or admit he had to submit to God, He was willing to let his people die of thirst rather, than to admit he was beaten. It is that type of pride that always and ultimately leads to the downfall of one that fails to honor God.
In our lives and our culture, we are faced daily with opportunities to see God at work. When we believe, his works are amazing and frequent. When we refuse, we ignore him and soon can’t see his work that is done before our very eyes—parlor tricks. If we will seek him with our hearts, he will reveal his greatness to us. If we will pray, he will listen. But, if we ignore him, soon we will be unable to recognize some amazing things he sends our way and we will be destroyed by the very things we could by amazed by.
God Bless You
But the Egyptian magicians did the same things by their secret arts, and Pharaoh’s heart became hard; he would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the Lord had said. 23 Instead, he turned and went into his palace, and did not take even this to heart. 24 And all the Egyptians dug along the Nile to get drinking water, because they could not drink the water of the river.